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from the Erie Time-News,
Robbie Ftorek huddled in a corner with his players as the Zamboni rolled onto the ice.
Practice was over, but Ftorek wasn’t done teaching. Even as a teenager, there always was time to teach.
Four decades ago, he was a budding hockey star from Needham, Mass., dreaming of scoring big goals and winning big games in Boston Garden. Coaching wasn’t on his mind. But the college coach running that clinic knew better.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.
Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?
Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)
Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
from USA Hockey,
His name is synonymous with hockey in the United States. Try to find a hockey fan anywhere in the world who hasn’t heard of him. In fact, he’s so well-known, sports fans in general have a pretty good idea of who Chris Chelios is.
But if that’s the case, how can Chris Chelios sit in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday morning only miles from his hometown in the Chicago area without being hounded for autographs? How can he say he only has a short time to talk because he has to race off to hold tryouts for the midget major team he coaches?
The answer is pretty easy, actually. This Chris Chelios is not that Chris Chelios.
from the Star-Tribune,
In an e-mail to and subsequent phone interview with the Star Tribune on Sunday, former Gophers winger Tyler Hirsch accused the Wild of “misrepresenting the truth” and being “unethical” after the team announced last week that he signed a contract with the Houston Aeros, its American Hockey League affiliate….
According to Hirsch on Sunday, “I have neither verbally committed to or signed anything resembling a contract with the Minnesota Wild or their minor-league affiliates. I have never laid eyes on a would-be contract and am currently a free agent.”
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor have been friends for years.
They became teammates in July. And Wednesday, they will officially become co-owners of a hockey team.
Recchi and Sydor are part of a five-man group that has negotiated the acquisition of their old Western Hockey League club, the Kamloops Blazers, for a reported $7 million.
*And other notes on the Penguins this week, including nicknames on their sticks, etc.
From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,
During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.
1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.
continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)
from the Texas Brahmas,
The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the signing of playmaker and enforcer, Robin Big Snake.
“Big Snake is going to make a huge impact for the Brahmas team and organization. There is a lot of excitement built around this signing. I have no doubts that his reputation will bring fans to the NYTEX Sports Centre,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong.
Big Snake, a Siksika Nation native and popular youtube.com icon, spent 67 games last season in the United Hockey League (UHL-now the International Hockey League) with the Rockford IceHogs in Illinois. He recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and 330 penalty minutes.
from the Hockey News,
“I saw that all the local pros and top junior and collegiate players were skating at different arenas and at various ice times,” Vastamaki said. “I thought of bringing them all together under one roof to make the best possible summer scrimmage league in Thunder Bay and also give these guys a venue where they could actually challenge and improve themselves.”
This year’s Pro Camp headliners include all four Staal brothers; Eric, Jordan, Marc and Jared, along with Taylor and Tom Pyatt, Patrick Sharp, Trevor Letowski and Alex Auld.
Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal, in his third summer at Pro Camp, said the scrimmages are a fun and very competitive way to tune up over the summer.
from the National Post,
Paulo Colaiacovo is an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier than his identical twin brother Carlo. He trims his facial hair into a goatee, not a beard, and would rather stop shots than score goals.
But aside from minor details in their appearance and their position on the ice, not much else is different about the 24-year-old hockey players—especially when it comes to staying healthy.
In his first four pro seasons, Maple Leafs defenceman Carlo has seemed to miss more games because of injury than he has played. His goaltender brother, who contemplated retirement after suffering a “barrage of injuries” in the Central Hockey League last season, seems to be built from the same malfunctioning mould.
“It sometimes feels like we’re cursed,” Paulo joked.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
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